Buffs In Running For Jones

No matter where Datone Jones ends up playing college football, he'll remember his trip to Boulder this past weekend for the rest of his life. Find out why inside.

Datone Jones

Jones verbally committed to UCLA in March, but took an official recruiting visit to Colorado this past weekend. Jones told BSN Monday night he remains committed to UCLA, but that he began looking at other options in the wake of Karl Dorrell's dismissal.

"Right now I'm committed to UCLA, but my options are tremendously open," Jones said. "I've got to make the right decision."

With the visit to CU in the bag, Jones has another official set for Arizona State on Jan. 18, he said. He'd also like to visit Notre Dame in January, but nothing is scheduled yet.

Wherever he ends up, Jones will likely never forget the weekend he spent traveling to and visiting Boulder.

He explains: "I got there Friday night at around 11:30. I had to get a little rest, so they took me to the St. Julien Hotel. It had a lovely view of the mountains. It was snowing. The mountains were all covered with snow."

Big deal? It was. Turns out it was the first time the player from Compton, Calif., had ever been in snow. Friday's flight was also the first time Jones had ever been on a plane.

"I think Boulder's a great place," Jones said.

The 6-4, 233-pounder attended the CU team's postseason banquet on Saturday. He got to mingle with several current players, including defensive end Marquez Herrod. Jones' host for the trip was Anthony Wright, who played with Jones at Compton High School before coming to CU this year.

Jones cited a desire to play early as a factor in his ultimate decision, even though he knows he has to earn playing time wherever he goes.

CU has become a factor in that decision it appears.

"Colorado is looking very good for me right now," Jones said Monday.

But he added that he's being patient about his final decision.

"I hope whoever is recruiting me can be patient," Jones said. "It's going to take time. I want to jump in the boat, but I've got to be patient on this. This decision only comes around once in a lifetime, you've got to be patient and make the decision that's best for you."